Ford Motor Co., hit by lawsuits for coming up short on its fuel economy promises, has lowered the mileage rating for its C-Max Hybrid model.
The 2013 model was revised to 43 mpg for city and highway driving, Ford said at a press conference Friday. It had advertised the car at 47 mpg. The automaker said it also would make one-time “goodwill payments” to customers because of the change.
“This is yet another sign that real-world fuel economy has to match manufacturers’ claims,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “Ford isn’t the first automaker to run into trouble here, but with today’s heightened level of accountability, maybe they’ll be the last.”
Ford has faced lawsuits for not delivering on the mileage promised for hybrids. In December it said it was talking to the Environmental Protection Agency about how it tests fuel economy.
Ford also said the 2014 C-Max will be more fuel efficient but didn’t say by how much.